Jess and Mitchell pen new deals with Chiefs
September 20, 2012
Exeter's in-form winger Matt Jess has extended his stay at Sandy Park © PA Photos
Exeter chiefs duo Craig Mitchell and Matt Jess have both signed new contracts with the Aviva Premiership club.
Wales international prop Mitchell has put pen to paper on a new one-year contract while Jess has agreed terms on a two-year deal.
"I think recruitment and retention are year-round things," Exeter head coach Rob Baxter said. "They are not something that starts at Christmas or two months before the end of the season. It's great that these guys are seeing where we want to go and what we want to achieve.
"I know they are ambitious players who are probably coming into their prime for what they are going to be as players, so for them to commit nice and early is great for the club and I think it will be great for the players.
"I am seeing both of these guys coming on in leaps and bounds, and for us as a club to have them for the foreseeable future is great. The more guys you can get tied down, feeling relaxed and comfortable and knowing where they are for a little while creates a nice balance and solidity to the squad."
Jess joined Exeter from Cornish Pirates in 2008, and has so far scored 47 tries for them while Mitchell, a former Ospreys player who was part of Wales' 2011 Rugby World Cup squad, is currently in his second season at Sandy Park.
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